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Snow Removal Ordinance

Snow Removal Ordinance2019-01-25T16:27:22-06:00

568.23 REMOVAL OF SNOW AND ICE ON SIDEWALKS  

  1. The owner or occupant or person in charge of each lot or part of lot within the City fronting or abutting on a sidewalk shall, within 24 hours after the cessation of each snowfall, remove all ice and snow which may have fallen or accumulated upon the sidewalk under his/her care, including crosswalks and handicapped accessibility ramps if said property is a corner lot. When ice is so formed upon any sidewalk that it cannot be removed, such person shall keep the same sprinkled with sand, salt or other abrasives in a manner as to prevent the sidewalk from being dangerous for pedestrian travel, and as soon as weather permits, cause such sidewalk to be thoroughly cleaned. Failure to remove snow and ice accumulations shall be deemed a violation of this section and punishable by the payment of a forfeiture provided in § 1-4 of this Code. [Amended 10-13-2004 by Ord. No. 3226]
  2. In the event of the failure of any person to clean or sprinkle sidewalks as provided in Subsection A above, the Director of Public Works shall cause such sidewalks to be cleaned or sprinkled at his discretion. He shall keep an accurate account of the expenses of removing the snow and ice and cause a reasonable charge to be inserted in the tax roll against the property and the same shall be collected in the manner as other special assessment taxes upon real estate as provided in § 66.0907, Wis. Stats.[1]

568-24 WATER DRAINING ON SIDEWALKS OR STREETS

No owner or occupant of any lot or building shall permit or allow water, from a sump pump or any other source upon his or her premises, to obstruct or interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic upon the sidewalk or streets so as to create a public nuisance or hazard.

Failure to remove snow from sidewalks will result in a notice from the city. If the notice is not responded to by the property owner, the city will hire a private contractor to shovel the snow and remove the ice from the sidewalk. The city will invoice the full cost of such, plus administrative costs as a special charge to be included on the tax bill for the property if invoice is not paid.